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Recently I've been confronted with some imaginative and disturbing TV.  At its core is the spectre of AI (artificial intelligence) gaining control over us.  By Series 3, 'Humans' challenges the fundamental basis by which Human Rights are exercised and whether AI should share in them.

This topic brings to light the question asked in a theological forum this week about whether humans own property, or property owns humans.  Adding to that 'property' (AI which is programmed to know more than I do) humanoid features feels not just like being on the top of a very slippery slope but more like being on a beach and having the sand washed from under our feel and being dragged out to sea.

The recent series Years on Years, right at its outset, normalises the issue of trans-gendering and throws in the curve-ball of the desire to leave behind the bodily mess of physicality and exchange it for a data-self, when the daughter in the family  declares that she wants to become trans-human.

It's time to wake up to the fact that it is personhood as encapsulated in the Biblical text that gives rights. These lead ultimately to gaining the right to become children of God.  It is only by embracing fully that our origin, purpose and identity are given by our Creator that we'll find ourselves standing on rock.

As created beings the only hope for humanity is found in Christ and in the perfection of New Creation for which will be be trans-formed.

Peter

Sunday 14th July
10am Watermen's Service

 
Followed by BBQ at The Latimer's house, please bring salads and puddings
Fire Training - Wednesday 17th July
Parish Centre 9.30 - 12.00


If you are involved in leading a church group please book yourself onto this basic fire training or speak to Rachel for more information

Invitation to Christians working in science, medicine or technology:

St Mary's Longfleet would really value hearing your voice of you are working in science, medicine or technology. Will you please complete a short survey, likely to take no more than five minutes, in order for the wider church to be able to draw upon your wisdom as we all seek to engage well with issues of technology? This national work has grown out of the local 'Faith, Technology and Tomorrow' project which they ran in St Mary's Church, Longfleet in Poole and the survey is available via that church website and the link below

Click here for Science, medicine and technology survey
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